Raymond Gerard Kerwin, a 30-year resident of Montauk, died on March 3 at Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice in Marlton, N.J., following a fall that resulted in five months’ infirmity. He was 76.
He was born on Jan. 12, 1938, in St. Albans, Queens, to Christopher Kerwin and the former Evelyn Baker. He grew up in Queens with two brothers, Kenneth and Robert, neither of whom survive.
A lover of baseball and politics and a devout Catholic, Mr. Kerwin, who lived on Beech Street, could often be seen walking the roads of Montauk, no matter the weather. Described by one of his nieces as extremely eccentric, he was drawn to the easternmost hamlet because of its proximity to the ocean.
Mr. Kerwin, a self-employed and self-taught investor, left the bulk of his estate to the Church of St. Francis of Assisi on 31st Street in Manhattan, where his brother Kenneth, who had become Father Finian Kerwin, was a priest during the 1960s and early ’70s.
“Their breadline, and the homeless it feeds, will benefit from his great generosity,” Mr. Kerwin’s family wrote.
Mr. Kerwin, who belonged to St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk, was buried in St. John’s Cemetery in Queens. He is survived by three nieces, Nancy Kerwin of Lincoln, Vt., Claudia Wagner of Cinnaminson, N.J., and Aileen Kerwin of Edgewater Park, N.J.
Memorial donations have been suggested to the Montauk Library, P.O. Box 700, Montauk 11954.